In the SFI Urban and Community Forestry Program our goal is to increase the resiliency and sustainability of our communities, large and small. We will accomplish this goal by using trees and forests as natural solutions that improve community wellbeing, human health, and help us with many challenges including climate change. The new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard will help us reach this goal.
The SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard for application in North America and potentially globally will be developed collaboratively with five urban forestry leaders: American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and Tree Canada.
Urban and community forestry involves both planning and management of the urban forest because the right tree, planted in the right place, in the right way, promotes the many benefits trees provide for people, wildlife, and climate. Community trees and forests provide many social and environmental, and economic benefits including, improved health and well-being, social cohesion and accessibility, outdoor learning environments, climate change solutions, reduced air pollution, and improved urban design.
Draft standards will be publicly available throughout all development and revision processes on the SFI website.
LAUNCH STANDARDS REVISION
Call for SFI Standards Revision Task Group Nominees – April, 2021. Kick-off standard development task group meetings May – August 2021. First public comment period (30 days) September 2021.
TEST SFI U&CF STANDARDS PRINCIPLES
Test SFI U&CF Standards Principles September – December, 2021. Second Task Group Meetings October – November 2021.
Second 30 day public comment period – January 2022. Third Task Group Meetings February – March 2021.
FINALIZE & LAUNCH NEW SFI STANDARDS
Final approval of the revised SFI Standards and shared with SFI Community – May 2022.
SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites everyone to participate in the SFI Standard Revision process.
Upcoming webinars and workshops will be posted to this page. All comments and discussion during SFI Standard development webinars will be included for Task Group consideration.
URBAN FORESTRY TASK GROUP
The SFI Urban-Community Forestry Task Group review all comments and develop the draft standards. The Task Group is established for the duration of the standard revision until completion in 2022.
The SFI standard development process is based on balanced representation from many different interest groups. This inclusion is also reflected in Task Group composition reflecting a diversity of interest groups as well as a balanced representation of expertise, gender, race and geographical location. Examples of interest groups part of the standard revision process include:
- Tree-based non-profit (US & Canada)
- Forest-based non-profit
- Utility Forestry/Vegetation Management
- Federal (US & Canada)
- International Urban Forestry
- State Forestry
- Municipal (over and under 500,000 population)
- University (large & small, public & private)
- Nursery Industry (US & Canada) Commercial
- Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Professionals
- Municipal Tree Care Professional Organization
- Community & Corporate Sustainability
- Forestry Professionals Organization
- Urban Wood Use
- Conservation (US & Canada)
- Underserved Communities
- Indigenous peoples
- Real estate/Homeowners Association
- Wildlife Professionals
- Allied Professions
TASK GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES
Task Group members are expected to participate in the following tasks, under the direction of the respective Task Group Chairs:
- Review submitted comments from public comment periods and Standard Revision Workshops that correspond to each task group’s focus area.
- Prepare revised Standard text (first and subsequent drafts) for review by the SFI Resources Committee, incorporating their feedback as required.
The SFI Standards development process ensures credibility and transparency allowing everyone to participate. Broad involvement from the conservation community, Indigenous communities, forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia and others is integral to the development of the SFI Standards. The online public comment period is part of this process.
SFI PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS
There are two public comment periods. The first comment period on the first SFI Urban-Community Forestry Sustainability Standard will run in September 2021. The second comment period will run in January 2022. The entire SFI Urban-Community Forest Sustainability Standard will be available for comment.
The SFI Standard Revision Task Groups will consider all feedback from the public comment periods and the SFI Standard Revision Workshops.
The SFI Resources Committee is required to consider all feedback from the public comment periods and workshops.
All comments are also reviewed by the SFI External Review Panel who assesses how all comments have been addressed.
The SFI Board of Directors considers and approves the SFI Standards.
April 1, 2021
Ottawa, ON and Washington, D.C.—The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the launch of a partnership to develop a new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard for application in North America and potentially globally. SFI will collaborate with five urban forestry leaders: American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and Tree Canada.